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妈祖节:千余市民祭拜妈祖祈平安 - Mazu festival: More than a thousand townspeople offered Sacrifice to Mazu and prayed for peace and security print version
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The 23rd day of the 3rd month in the Chinese lunar calendar is the birthday of the goddess of the sea Mazu. Lin Moniang (林默娘) was born in Fujian province, later becoming the legendary Mazu. Originally celebrated only in southeast China by fishermen and sailors, nowadays people throughout China offer sacrifice and celebrate this festive event. The following article narrates such activity in Yantai, Shandong province.

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4月13日,是妈祖(Mazu)诞辰[1]1052周年日[2],一千多位市民来到烟台市(Yantai city, Shandong province)民俗博物馆(Folk Arts Museum),共同拜祭[3]妈祖祈福[4]平安。本届妈祖文化节[5]是按照北方传统祭祀礼仪[6]举行的。

现场的礼台供桌[7]上摆满了各种供品,其中粳米、小豆、麦、大豆、黄黍[8] ,代表五谷丰登[9];鸡鱼肉蛋[10]摆满供桌,代表家畜兴旺[11]。

福建商会(Chamber of Commerce of Fujian province)会长[12]陈汉才告诉记者,福建商会已参与举办了三届烟台妈祖文化节,本届妈祖文化节比前两届隆重[13],影响力大。

April 13 is the 1052 birthday of Mazu. More than one thousand townspeople arrived at the Folk Arts Museum in Yantai (also called 'Yantai Museum'). Together they offered sacrifice for Mazu and prayed for peace and security. The current Mazu holiday is celebrated according to the northern tradition in terms of the ritual of sacrifices.

All kinds of offerings were placed on the altar table in the ceremony platform at the site, including round-grained rice, red beans, wheat, soybeans and yellow millet, representing abundant harvest of all corps. Chicken, fish, meat and eggs were given as well, representing prosperous domestic animals.

President of Fujian's Chamber of Commerce, Chen Hancai, told reporters that Fujian's Chamber of Commerce participated in organizing the 3rd Mazu Festival in Yantai. The current event is more ceremonious than in the two previous years and has a strong influence on the public.

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Origianl article published by 齐鲁晚报, photos courtesy of Xinhuanet

[1]诞辰 dànchén - Birth date

[2]周年日 zhōunián rì - Anniversary day

[3] 拜祭 bàijì - Do obeisance and offer sacrifice

[4] 祈福 qí fú - Pray for blessing

[5] 文化节 wénhuà jié - Cultural holiday, festive holiday

[6] 祭祀礼仪 jìsì lǐyí - The rites of sacrifice offering

[7] 礼台供桌 lǐ tái gòngzhuō - The altar table on the platform of ceremonies

[8] 粳米、小豆、麦、大豆、黄黍 jīng mǐ 、 xiǎo dòu 、 mài 、 dàdòu 、 huáng shǔ - Round-grained rice, red (sweet) beans, wheat, soybeans, yellow millet; grains that have special significance according to the Chinese peasantry tradition

[9] 五谷丰登 wǔ gǔ fēng dēng - "Abundant harvest of all corps"

[10] 鸡鱼肉蛋 jī yú ròu dàn - Chicken, fish, meat (beef or pork), eggs; food representing the farmers' livestock

[11] 家畜兴旺 jiāchù xīngwàng - "Prosperous livestock"

[12] 会长 huìzhǎng - President of an organization or company

[13] 隆重 lóngzhòng - Ceremonious


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